14 Characteristics of Non-Empowering Meetings

14 Characteristics of Non-Empowering Meetings

14 Characteristics of

Non-Empowering Meetings

by Steve Backlund


We have all been in team or committee type of meetings that were productive, fun, and empowering. We have also probably attended bad meetings with dysfunctional leadership and behaviors by attendees. Those latter meetings are no fun and are often extremely non-empowering in nature. 

In order to improve the meetings we lead or can influence, I have listed 14 characteristics of non-empowering meetings. It is a good list to use as a “check-up” for your official gatherings.

CHARACTERISTICS OF Non-empowering meetings:

1. The leaders speak down to people.

2. Strong personalities dominate the conversation and flow of the meeting.

3. Those attending the meeting have little or no ability to influence the leader or organization.

4. Non-leaders are seen more as slaves and servants of the vision, rather than dreamers and co-laborers.

5. Leaders give the impression their negative attitudes and poor performance result because they are a victim of their low-quality team and subordinates.

6. There is little or no proactivity concerning how to involve people in the meeting.

7. The meeting purpose is unclear.

8. Little or no action plans are developed as the result of meeting.

9. Team members regularly forget important things from previous meetings.

10. There is little or no focus on the personal or family lives of those in the meeting.

11. Leaders are insecure, creating intimidation concerning strengths of others in the meeting.

12. Team members are competitive with each other and do not have a vision for the importance of making the team stronger.

13. People do not feel inspired to come early or on time.

14. New people are not acknowledged or introduced.


The Culture of Empowerment


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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